Adam chose carefully his answer to God’s “Where are you?” question. “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” Making no mention of his bite of forbidden fruit, Adam focused instead on the result of his sin, his nakedness. Adam’s answer was one-step removed from a complete and honest confession to God.
God further questioned Adam concerning his newfound awareness of his nudity. So, Adam offered his confession, albeit one laced with excuse. First blaming God for placing Eve in his life, then blaming Eve for offering him the forbidden fruit, Adam’s admission of sin was tainted.
Still, God loved Adam. God loved Eve as well. They were God’s children after all. Although the sinful couple would be banished from the Garden of Eden, God would still care for each of them.
God tailored new clothing for Adam and Eve as their fig leaf outfits were no longer adequate. In creating their attire, however, death came to the Garden. An animal became the necessary sacrifice to cover the shame and nakedness of Adam and Eve, a foreshadowing of the sacrifice that would one day be made by another of God’s children, Jesus.
Paradise, once lost, would return one day to another garden, this one with an empty tomb and a cross in the background. Satan would deal a death blow to Jesus, but Jesus would have the ultimate victory over Satan and sin.